Native Plants for Mason Bees

KMS Native Plants is very excited to be a mason bee rancher this year. Mason bees are a small but very important early pollinator that rely on early blooming plants like our native trees and shrubs.


For all the information you need on the adorable mason bee, please go to the Blossom Meadow Farm website at https://blossommeadow.com/mason-bees/.


If you are interested in becoming a bee rancher too, please contact Laura Klahre as soon as possible at LAURA@BLOSSOMMEADOW.COM (pickup date is the weekend of March 25th)

Trees:

Acer negundo (Boxelder)

Acer pensylvanicum (Snakebark Maple)

Acer rubrum (Red Maple)

Acer saccharinum (Silver Maple)

Acer saccharum (Sugar Maple)

Cercis canadensis (Eastern Redbud)

Prunus serotina (Wild Cherry)

Prunus virginiana (Chokecherry)

Quercus alba (White Oak)

Quercus coccinea (Scarlet Oak)

Quercus ilicifolia (Bear Oak)

Quercus macrocarpa (Bur Oak)

Quercus palustris (Pin Oak)

Quercus phellos (Willow Oak)

Quercus rubra (Red Oak)

Quercus velutina (Black Oak)

Salix discolor (Pussy Willow)

Salix pumila var. pumila (Prairie Willow)

Sassafras albidum (Sassafras)


Shrubs:

Amelanchier canadensis (Serviceberry)

Amelanchier laevis (Allegheny Serviceberry)

Arctostaphyllos uva ursi (Bearberry)

Aronia arbutifolia (Red Chokeberry)

Aronia melanocarpa (Black Chokeberry)

Cornus alternifolia (Pagoda Dogwood)

Cornus amomum (Silky Dogwood)

Cornus florida (Common Dogwood)

Cornus racemosa (Gray Dogwood)

Cornus stolonifera (Red Twig Dogwood) syn Cornus sericea

Ilex glabra (Inkberry)

Ilex verticillata (Winterberry)

Lindera benzoin (Spicebush)

Physocarpus opulifolius (Ninebark)

Prunus maritima (Beach Plum)

Rhododendron maximum (Rhododendron)

Rhododendron viscosum (Swamp Azalea)

Sambucus canadensis (Black Elderberry)

Vaccinium angustifolium (Lowbush Blueberry)

Vaccinium corymbosum (Highbush Blueberry)

Viburnum acerifolium (Mapleleaf Viburnum)

Viburnum dentatum (Arrowwood Viburnum)

Viburnum trilobum (American Cranberrybush)


Perennials:

Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed)

Callirhoe involucrata (Poppy Mallow)

Fragaria virginiana (Wild Strawberry)

Geranium maculatum (Wild Geranium)

Helianthus divaricatus (Woodland Sunflower)

Penstemon digitalis (Foxglove Beardtongue)

Penstemon hirsutus (Hairy Beardtongue)

Rudbeckia triloba (Brown-eyed Susan)

Viola labradorica (Labrador Violet)

Viola sororia (Common Violet)


Photo Credits: first: https://my.chicagobotanic.org/wp-content/uploads/Osmia_lignaria_mason_bee_publicdomain.jpg, middle: https://pixabay.com/photos/wild-bee-bee-insect-wild-bees-5098602/, third: https://pixabay.com/users/annemarievandam


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